Ethiopia's ambitious literacy campaign -- launched earlier this year -- is gaining momentum. The country?
Ethiopia's ambitious literacy campaign -- launched earlier this year -- is gaining momentum. The country has a population of mor than 26 million people, but only ten per cent can read or write. Ethiopia's Minister of Education, Lieutenant-Colonel Goshu Wolde, has given the national campaign the highest priority and aims to put at least two million people on the road to literacy by the end of the year. To keep up the pace of the campaign, various fund-raising efforts have been held.
SYNOPSIS: Here, Cuban officials and Ethiopian delegates to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) combine to form an ECA-OAU soccer team. Foreign Ambassadors to Addis Ababa -- in the red -- provide the opposing team. But before the fund-raising match got underway, the players were given a word of encouragement by Colonel Goshu Wolde -- who is also chairman of the Co-ordinating and Executive Committee of the Central Literacy Programme.
Although the foreign ambassadors were clearly more familiar with politics than sport, they put up a spirited defence. But it wasn't long before the ECA-OAU side scored their first goal.
Ethiopia's military rulers have been pleased with the response to the literacy programme. Colonel Goshu says that only with the commitment of the people will illiteracy he completely eradicated. in 1965, UNESCO ministers of education adopted a resolution to encourage world nations to hold annual Literacy Days. Ethiopia celebrated a national Literacy Day in September this year -- and the event was a resounding success.
But similar success evaded the ambassadors soccer team -- they lost their match three-nil.